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Randa Natour of Hollywood, Florida was arrested Monday after she was accused of assaulting her daughter-in-law, Georgetta Al-Billeh, news sources report. Natour, 61, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of domestic violence. A judge ordered that she be held in lieu of $3,500 bail bond. The press did not specify a criminal defense lawyer for Natour.

According to reports, Al-Billeh married Natour’ son three years ago. Al-Billeh and Natour’s son do not yet have children. This has reportedly caused tension in the family, eventually resulting in the alleged assault.

At around 4:00 Monday afternoon, an officer responded to a domestic call at a third-floor apartment in the 300 block of South Luna Court, reports say. The door to the apartment was cracked open, and a police officer could reportedly hear screams emanating from the residence. The officer could allegedly see Al-Billeh crying inside the apartment as Natour unsuccessfully tried to keep the officer out.

The officer later learned that Natour had assaulted Al-Billeh, reports say. During a confrontation about the childless marriage, Natour allegedly hit Al-Billeh in the face, pulled her hair, and shook her while threatening to send Al-Billeh back to her native Jordan, sources say. It is unclear whether Al-Billeh’s husband was home at the time of the alleged assault.

Domestic violence happens on a daily basis throughout South Florida communities. Earlier this month, Juan Javier Lovine and Isabel Rego of St. Cloud were apprehended after Lovine allegedly stabbed his daughter with a sword and Rego interfered with his arrest, sources report. Lovine, 44, was taken into custody on charges of domestic violence, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, while Rego, 74, was charged with interfering with a law-enforcement officer without violence. It was unclear at press time whether the defendants qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
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Gabriel Chauvel and Joan Alalof Jean, a Pembroke Pines, Florida couple, are currently wanted by police for allegedly operating a housing scheme that targeted members of the Haitian community, news sources report. Chauvel, 53, and Jean, 45, have not yet been arrested for the alleged fraud. It is not known whether the pair has hired a lawyer.

According to reports, Chauvel and Jean were the owners and operators of Private Mortgage Funding Corporation, which is based off North Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Sources say Chauvel and Jean’s advertisement were targeted at potential homebuyers in the Haitian immigrant community. Based on reports, Chauvel performed the scheme in areas such as Orlando, Broward County, and Boynton Beach. Reports allege Jean went under the alias “Joanne Charles” while making some sales. It is currently unclear whether the business is still in operation.

After they got a buyer’s attention, the couple would show the victims homes, reports say. If the potential buyers like a specified home, Chauvel and Jean would have the client sign a 90-day contract and deposit a down payment between $5,000 and $15,000. It is not clear whether Private Mortgage Funding Corp. actually had authorization to offer to sell the properties. Chauvel and Jean would accept the down payment and then tell the client that the home had been reserved, sources allege. The client’s down payment reportedly went into the couple’s bank account.

From there, buyers would either try to finalize the purchase of the home or cancel the contract, sources say. Police reportedly said that clients who wished to finalize their purchases “never received property or a house or land or anything.” There is no indication that they were ever permitted to move into the homes.
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A Margate, Florida boating accident sent four teens to the hospital on Saturday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Two of the teens sustained critical injuries and were taken to Broward Health; two others sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Northwest Hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. No charges or citations have been filed against the driver as of yet.

According to reports, the accident happened around Saturday afternoon at a marina off 101 Rock Island Road in Margate. Based on reports, two teenage girls and two teenage boys took a 14-foot aluminum boat out near the marina; the teens were not wearing safety vests, sources say. The boat may have been traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with a pillar. It is not clear which of the four teens was driving the boat, or whether she or he was qualified to do so.

“They were bleeding a lot” following the accident, witness Ronne Racinos reportedly told reporters. Two of the boat’s occupants, a teen girl and teen boy, were taken to Broward Health and placed in trauma alert. The other two occupants were taken to the Northwest Hospital with minor injuries. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time. Detectives are investigating the crash and reportedly said speed was likely a factor.

With its close proximity to the ocean, South Florida is a hotspot for boaters, but boating, like driving, does not come without its risks of accidents. Earlier this year, Timothy Doran Jr. of Jupiter allegedly fled the scene of a boat accident that critically injured Kai Woodstock and left four others with less serious injures, sources say. Doran, 23, was later arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of violating inland navigation rules and leaving the scene of a boating accident. He was held without bail bond. It was unclear whether he hired legal representation.
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A Miramar, Florida was injured Friday when an ambulance without its sirens on crashed into her car, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; she was the only injured party in the collision and was taken to the Memorial Hospital West. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges. It is unclear whether the victim will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred on Friday in the 2900 block of Southwest 148th Avenue in Miramar. Southwest 148th Avenue is a small, two-lane street with a marked speed limit ranging from 30 to 40 miles per hour, sources indicate.

A Miramar Fire Rescue ambulance was en route to the station when it struck the victim’s car on the driver’s side, according to reports. It is still not clear what caused the crash. The collision caused the airbags in the victim’s car to deploy. “As a precaution, [the victim] was transported to Memorial Hospital West,” a Miramar Fire Rescue spokesperson said. “None of our guys was injured.”

The details surrounding the collision are not yet clear. It is too early to tell who is at fault in the collision or whether speed played a role. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available at press time.

In a similar accident earlier this month, a collision between an ambulance and a truck sent three paramedics to the hospital, source report. Information regarding the paramedics’ identities was not immediately available following the incident; they were taken to the hospital with back and neck pains. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash. It is not yet clear whether charges were filed.
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Mark Brown, Anthony Donnell Mcclain, Omar Abdul Lewis, Oliver Salguero, Gregory Timothy Robinson, Eldridge Raynard White, Jr., Edward Keith Mcclain, Javon Jones, John Jones, and Marcus Marcell Brown, all of Overtown, Florida, were indicted this past week for possessing illegal substances with the intent to distribute, a press release by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida indicates. Charged with conspiracy to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute and possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute are Brown, 29; Anthony Donnell Mcclain, 29; Lewis, 39; Salguero, 24; Robinson, 27; White, 23; Edward Keith Mcclain, 23; Javon Jones, 29; John Jones, Jr., 22; and Marcus Marcell Brown, 23. It is unclear whether all of the defendants have all been arrested and, if so, whether they qualified for a set bail bond amount. The press did not specify defense attorneys for any of the defendants.

According to the indictment, the arrests were made as part of the Overtown Violence Reduction Partnership, which was formed in October 2011 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The partnership pools resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local law enforcements to investigate and arrest those suspected of running violent and illegal networks in the Overtown neighborhood. The initiative also strives to create programs for at-risk youth, job seekers, and recently released parolees and probationers.
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